Sunday, May 24, 2020

Tip#1197: The Recipe For Resilience, Perseverance & Indestructible Optimism, Part 3 – COVID-19 – The Biggest Little Farm

This is Day 70 of the COVID-19 quarantine/social distancing/self-isolation here in Toronto, Canada

Wonderful warmer sunshine arrived this week! It was a reflection to how good I’ve been feeling while I continued to add more nutrient-dense foods to my diet. Along with daily forkfuls of raw, unpasteurized sauerkraut, two teaspoons of cod liver oil from Norway and grass-fed butter on authentically fermented sourdough bread I made my first batch of grass-fed beef bone broth since doing it a few years ago!

I simmered the bone broth for 24 hours and my whole home smelled fantastic! And it turned out beautifully gelatinous which is from the collagen extracted from the bones. This contains the nutrients in helping re-mineralize teeth and bones, heal a leaky gut, reduce joint pain, reduce inflammation, prevent bone loss, and build healthy skin, hair, and nails. See more and my recipe on: My Instagram

As mentioned in previous post (Tip#1196, Part 2), I am following the nutrient-dense diet from the amazing 1930’s studies by Dr. Weston Price and carried on today by Sally Fallon Morell. I highly recommend you check out their invaluable work:

• Overview: Timeless Principles of Healthy Traditional Diets
• Video: Nourishing Traditional Diets Lecture by Sally Fallon - 120min.

Nutrient-Dense Foods I have daily:
(with recommended portions)
• Cod Liver Oil from Norway (2 tsps)
• Sourdough bread with authentic wild yeast recipe (1 slice toasted)
• Free-run eggs (1 daily)
• Grass-fed butter (1/2 tbs)
• Organ meats: chicken liver, cod liver, foi gras (once a week)
• Raw cheese (small slice)
• Sauerkraut (raw & unpasteurized) (2 to 3 tbs)
• Honey (raw & unpasteurized)(1/2 tsp)
• Grass Fed Beef Bone Broth (1 cup)

This exciting new lifestyle and diet change inspired me to finally watch a film on my long “To Watch” list that celebrates farm fresh foods and, as I discovered, so much more that included lessons on resilience, perseverance and indestructible optimism!

The Biggest Little Farm (2018)

The documentary, The Biggest Little Farm, is about a young couple, John and Molly, who leave their old city lives behind and experience the highs and lows of rebuilding and running a 200 acres farm. This visually beautiful story is brimming with gorgeous landscapes and whimsical relationships of humans with farm animals and with other animals and nature itself.
Watch: movie trailer
Watch/Rent or Buy now: Amazon Prime Video 

There is so much to love about this documentary! John, Molly and their team demonstrate how plants, wildlife, livestock and humans can work together in a profound harmony despite several years of constant adversities. One example is how they deal with snail infestations ruining their fruit orchards. They discover that their ducks love eating snails so they simply let them loose in the orchard to remove the multitude of snails!

There is also a powerful message of re-vitalizing and rejuvenating the dead soil of the farmland they purchased. It emphasized what I’ve been learning about the nutrients in the soil that farm animals graze on eventually gets passed onto humans that consume their meats and dairy products. It is exciting to see all these life lessons unfold in this story of a couple that finally found a lifestyle they love and are sharing their wisdom through this film. Highly recommended!

Some films can be entertaining and also delivery important life lessons that can potentially change your life for the better. Some of them can also provide cinematic role models of resilience, perseverance and indestructible optimism to inspire you through difficult times and unexpected crisis. Find a film today to re-vitalize your inner strengths and drive!

Related Tips:
Tip#1191: The Recipe For Resilience, Perseverance & Indestructible Optimism – COVID-19 – 6 Movie Tips
Tip#1196: The Recipe For Resilience, Perseverance & Indestructible Optimism, Part 2 – COVID-19 – The Hundred-Foot Journey




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Award-winning Illustrator | Movie Blogger | Speaker | Foodie
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Sunday, May 17, 2020

Tip#1196: The Recipe For Resilience, Perseverance & Indestructible Optimism, Part 2 – COVID-19 - The Hundred-Foot Journey

This is Day 63 of the COVID-19 quarantine/social distancing/self-isolation here in Toronto, Canada

I’ve had a delicious, life changing week with the discovery of a diet that I am so excited about! First I must say that, at first, I was feeling a bit down because recently I was suppose to be at the Vermont Restaurant Week. Of course this event was cancelled weeks ago and the Canada/US border was closed but I’d been yearning to return because the farm fresh foods had affected me so deeply. It was like my body telling me I needed more of these life-affirming foods!

My discovery this week had to do with an amazing 1930’s studies by dentist Dr. Weston A. Price of 11 isolated groups of people, tribes and cultures from around the world. He found they all had perfect teeth with almost no cavities and were resilient to the diseases of the time like tuberculosis. He learned that despite their varied diets they were able to extract specific vitamins and minerals from their nutrient-dense foods that led to their astounding physical and mental health for young and old.

List of Physically Isolated Groups of People (primitive races & cultures): 
1. Remote villages in Switzerland
2. Gaelic communities, Outer Hebrides
3. Eskimos
4. North America Indians/Indigenous (USA & Canada)
5. Melanesians, South Sea Islanders
6. Polynesian, South Sea Islanders
7. African tribes
8. Australian Aborigines
9. Torres Strait Islanders
10. New Zealand Maori
11. Peruvian Indians

Dr. Price published his findings in a book called Nutrition and Physical Degeneration and while I read several essays online about it I discovered a fantastic lecture on YouTube by Sally Fallon Morell who carried on Dr. Price’s research in her book, Nourishing Traditions. Her two-hour lecture fired up my imagination and passion and I began making a list of nutrient-dense foods to start eating and also distilled this vast information to send to my mom. I'll also share more details over time on this blog and with my online communities on social media. Join me: Instagram

Here are 3 links I highly recommend:
Nourishing Traditional Diets Lecture by Sally Fallon - 120min. video
Dr. Weston Price - Nutrition & Physical Degeneration 3min. video
Excellent Overview: Timeless Principles of Healthy Traditional Diets

Nutrient-Dense Foods I've added to my diet so far: 
• Cod Liver Oil from Norway
• Sourdough bread with authentic wild yeast recipe
• Free-run eggs
• Grass-fed butter
• Raw cheese
• Organ meats: chicken liver, cod liver, foi gras
• Sauerkraut (unpasteurized)

My mornings now start with a toasted slice of authentic sourdough bread, grass fed butter with 2 teaspoons of cod liver oil. Delicious and nutritious! I have a fuller breakfast later.

These farm fresh foods reminded me of the many foodie scenes from the film The Hundred-Foot Journey where the characters were finding foods in the forest and shopping at a farmer’s market in a French village. So I re-watched this wonderful movie for further motivation in following this exciting new nutritional lifestyle!

The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)

The romantic comedy drama film, The Hundred-Foot Journey, is about a battle between two restaurants in a southern France village: an East Indian family business and a French Michelin-starred restaurant. This highly entertaining movie is overflowing with delicious food scenes, beautiful, country vistas and wonderful performances by the enire cast that includes Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Manish Dayal and Charlotte Le Bon.
Watch: movie trailer
Watch/Rent or Buy now: Amazon Prime Video

Every foodie needs to see this film and it is also on my Top 12 Movies for Foodies list! There are so many scenes that lovingly photograph the passion of cooking for both East Indian and French cuisines. It also explores the importance of country fresh foods that are discussed by the lead characters.

The story also celebrates the resilience of the Kadam family fleeing their restaurant in Mumbai and facing further adversities when they rebuild a new restaurant in a village in Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val. You also see the passion, determination, courage, confidence, perseverance and indestructible optimism of the second-oldest son, Hassan Haji (Manish Dayal) to become a Michelin star chef. Despite his many challenges, Hassan eventually discovers his own recipe for resilience with the help of the supportive people and family around him.

So what is your recipe for resilience? Whatever the ingredients are make sure you are nourishing your mind and body with delicious, nutritious foods. And to feed your positivity, make sure you watch your favourite films when you are feeling lost or alone. Finally, surround yourself with family and friends who love and support you. Film, food and friends = The coolest recipe for the soul!

Related Tips:
Tip#1102: Top 12 Movies For Foodies!
Tip#1195: Be Resilient & Confident, Part 2 - The Riddick Movie Trilogy
Tip#1191: The Recipe For Resilience, Perseverance & Indestructible Optimism – COVID-19 – 6 Movie Tips


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A) Entertain & Escape
B) Re-energize & Release
C) Inspiration & Motivation

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Award-winning Illustrator | Movie Blogger | Speaker | Foodie
Discover Movies As Inspirational Learning Tools!
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Sunday, May 10, 2020

Tip#1195: Be Resilient & Confident, Part 2 - The Riddick Movie Trilogy

This is Day 56 of the COVID-19 quarantine/social distancing/self-isolation here in Toronto, Canada and it’s Mother’s Day.

This week I found myself highly focused and goal-oriented on re-balancing my diet by eating more live foods like fruits and vegetables. I’ve been overindulging in heavy comfort foods since quarantine started eight weeks ago and have been feeling sluggish along with other depression-like symptoms. But now I’m enjoying juicy red grapes, navel oranges and bananas plus lots of veggies like broccoli, spinach, zucchini, eggplant, orange peppers, peas, onions and garlic. I could feel my body smiling and thanking me!

All this actually started after my teeth began to feel sensitive over the past several weeks and I started researching how to re-mineralize my teeth and enamel. I was excited about YouTube video stories I found like this one by Kathleen Black.
Watch video: “How I Naturally Restored My Enamel and Remineralized My Teeth”

Something inside me seemed to re-activate and I felt empowered, confident and focused about getting the recommended mineral supplements and immediately went to my favourite health food stores (thankfully were open). I happen to be near a favourite supermarket where I felt compelled to stock up on fresh fruits and vegetables.

The bonus is this newfound focus and drive can only result in helping me feel stronger in body, mind and spirit! This positive feeling also mirrored the movie hero of a trilogy I was drawn to re-watching this week. The hero inspired me with his incredible sense of inner and outer strength, resilience and an elevated, super calm confidence in himself!

Pitch Black (2000)

The science fiction, action horror film, Pitch Black, is about spaceship passengers stranded on a planet inhabited by nocturnal monsters and the only person they can rely on is a dangerous convict named Richard B Riddick (Vin Diesel). This riveting, race-against time story also stars Radha Mitchell, Cole Hauser, and Keith David.

Watch/Rent or Buy now: Amazon Prime Video

When I first saw this film I was immediately intrigued by how calmly confident Riddick was. Every time he opened his mouth he spoke with few words and was so direct to the point. He was also funny too! He was tenacious and was extremely fearless whenever he faced conflicts with fellow humans or the vicious alien monsters he had to battle.

The Chronicles of Riddick (2004)

The science fiction action film, The Chronicles of Riddick, follows the adventures of Richard B. Riddick (Vin Diesel) who must face bounty hunters and Necromongers, an evil race systematically conquering planets. This epic adventure is filled with exciting visuals, costumes and sets and also stars Colm Feore, Thandie Newton, Judi Dench, Karl Urban and Alexa Davalos.

Watch/Rent or Buy now: Amazon Prime Video

This chapter is on such a grand, epic scale and yet that didn’t overshadow Riddick’s personality strengths of a confident, courageous anti-hero (or hero depending on how you look at him). This time he faces overwhelming armies and is seemingly trapped in inescapable planets. His incredible resilience and perseverance, once again, is explosive and thrilling to watch.

Riddick (2013)

The science fiction action film, Riddick, is about Richard B. Riddick (Vin Diesel) injured and stranded on a sun-scorched planet and is fighting to survive and escape from, alien wolves, aquatic monsters and two sets of bounty hunter teams. This highly entertaining story also stars Matthew Nable, Jordi MollĂ , Katee Sackhoff, Dave Bautista, Bokeem Woodbine and more.

Watch/Rent or Buy now: Amazon Prime Video

In this chapter, Riddick, is shown demonstrating even more extreme examples of resilience and demonstrates his ability to be resourceful and use strategic thinking to help himself escape a desolate planet. His confidence even amazes his enemies who later follow him as a leader during a life and death crisis.

Inspiring Themes:
• Confidence
• Courage
• Fearlessness
• Resilience
• Perseverance
• Goal Oriented Focus
• Strategic Thinking
• Resourcefulness

We can all experience many shining moments of confidence, courage, focus and resilience. And for those times we feel we need a boost of motivation and inspiration there are movie heroes and real-life heroes to remind us of our inner strengths and abilities. They can help re-activate our resilience, confidence and drive again. Be re-activated today!

Related Tips:
Tip#725: Focus & Resilience, Part 1 – Hunger Games: Catching Fire – 42 
Tip#1160: Unleash Your Fearless Confidence, Part 4 – Beverly Hills Cop 
Tip#260: Be Resilient & Confident - You’ve Got Mail



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A) Entertain & Escape
B) Re-energize & Release
C) Inspiration & Motivation

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Emmanuel Lopez-Motivatorman
Award-winning Illustrator | Movie Blogger | Speaker | Foodie
Discover Movies As Inspirational Learning Tools!
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© Emmanuel Lopez 2020

Sunday, May 03, 2020

Tip#1194: See The Positives In The Negatives, Part 2 – COVID-19 - Annihilation

This is Day 49 of the COVID-19 quarantine/social distancing/self-isolation here in Toronto, Canada.

More than ever I am feeling so blessed for the unexpected gifts that clinical depression and seasonal depression had given me. The silver lining is that over many years these mental health challenges led me to tools, methods and lifestyle changes that helped rewire my brain and rebuilt my life and work for the better. So to everyone who is struggling with the unexpected life changes of isolation and quarantine I sincerely hope you are open to recognizing the positives in the negatives of your situations.

For example, clutter greatly affects brain health so this is the perfect time to declutter your home. As mentioned in previous posts, I continue to declutter different areas of my home a little each day that include: clearing kitchen cupboards, freezer and sorting through piles of magazines and year worth of miscellaneous paper accumulation. I’ve also started a collection of clothes and other items to donate to thrift stores when they re-open again. And the cleaner my space at home gets the more free and lighter my mind and spirit feel!

Decluttering! Before and After

I am also learning to feed my thoughts with positive YouTube videos instead of the negative, heavy COVID-19 news updates I was getting obsessed with. I trained myself to just notice headlines and then focus on other feel-good images when I go on YouTube. That led to discovering so many fun and informative film and foodie related videos and hilarious clips that late night talk show hosts have been posting from home! Check them out…

Binging with Babish 
This guy cooks foods that are shown in movies and TV shows! So many delicious videos with clips from the shows.
Click here

The 10 Most Uplifting Movies of All Time 
This list was put together recently specifically for people in quarantine and actually is jam-packed with film recommendations from around the world and different eras.
Click here

Conan Crashes A Zoom Meeting - CONAN on TBS 
This is hilarious video that says it all in the title!
Click here

The Longest Days of Our Lives (Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig): Chapter 1 
Jimmy Fallon's absolutely hilarious new series with special guests that actually addresses that all the characters and performers are at home in quarantine!
Click here 

The Longest Days of Our Lives (Matthew McConaughey, Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig): Chapter 2 
Click here

The Longest Days of Our Lives (Jake Gyllenhaal, Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig): Chapter 3 
Click here

And, of course, I continue to rediscover films that give me the perfect life lessons to inspire my positivity at this time. Some of them remind me that in order for something better to manifest, some destruction or crisis has to come first.

Annihilation (2018)

The psychological science fiction film, Annihilation, is about a group of five scientists who enter a mysterious quarantined zone of mutating plants and animals created by a crashed alien presence. This highly engaging, mind-trippy story is filled with stunning imagery and special effects and stars Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Tuva Novotny, and Oscar Isaac.
Watch/Rent or Buy now: Amazon Prime Video 

This may be the most gorgeous looking "end of the world" movies! And these visually colourful moments highlight the film’s message that something exciting, positive and unexpected can come out of destruction. Of course it depends on how you view this film and I choose to see the positives in the negatives. This movie was designed to be ambiguous, to be thought provoking and generate discussion. It’s highly recommended that you don’t know anymore about the story and just watch it and let it take you away into another world for awhile!

It can be a shock when life hits you with a life changing surprise that is unavoidable. The best decision you can make in these situations is to choose to believe you will get through it and also to see the silver lining. This is an ideal time to declutter your old ways of thinking that no longer benefit you. This is the perfect time to rewire and rebuild a stronger, more resilient you!

For more of my uplifting movie tips:
www.MoviesForMotivation.com

Related Tips:
Tip#999: Every Cloud Has A Silver Lining, Part 5 - The Best Offer
Tip#400: Recognize All Your Silver Linings – Under The Tuscan Sun
Tip#309: See The Positives In The Negatives, Part 1 - Catch Me If You Can



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Remember How Movies Can Help You:
A) Entertain & Escape
B) Re-energize & Release
C) Inspiration & Motivation

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Award-winning Illustrator | Movie Blogger | Speaker | Foodie
Discover Movies As Inspirational Learning Tools!
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© Emmanuel Lopez 2020